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Boys with a billycart
Title : Boys with a billycart Boys with a billycart
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Source : B 61551
Date of creation : ca. 1920
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Two young boys playing with a billycart which has a cage on the back: possibly on a farm at Coonalpyn. This is an elaborate cart made with four bicycle wheels and a steering wheel. It also appears to be able to carry large quantities and the boys probably used it for farm or household chores in addition to more informal play.

Billycarts are traditionally made from 'found' materials, either scrounged in the neighbourhood or from the local dump. The best carts were, of course, made by the children themselves, though doubtless there were some fathers who helped either with expertise or with supplies. If the neighbourhood boasted of anything approaching a hill, this added to the delight as rivals raced downhill. A brake might be an additional luxury.

Period : 1919-1927
Region : South East
Further reading :

Greenwood, Ted. Terry's brrrmmm GT, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1974

Orr, Wendy. The great Yackandandah billycart race, Pymble, N.S.W.: Angus & Robertson, 1993

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